The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District will be conducting targeted adult mosquito control operations in portions of Evanston on Tuesday, July 24, and Wednesday, July 25, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., weather permitting.

 Tuesday, July 24, 2012 – the specific NSMAD map numbers to be treated are:

04-11Evanston

05-10EvanstonandSkokie

 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 – the specific NSMAD map numbers to be treated are:

02-35EvanstonandWilmette

04-33EvanstonandWilmette

05-32EvanstonandWilmette

 Please see the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District’s web site (www.nsmad.com) for detailed information regarding the specific NSMAD map numbers to be treated.

The Illinois Department of Public Health and NSMAD recommend that residents take the following preventative measures to help reduce mosquito-borne diseases:

  • Clean and properly maintain catch basins that hold water.
  • Cut, remove, and properly discard excess overhanging vegetation along or over the banks of drainage ditches or stagnant slow-moving streams.
  • Eliminate water-holding tree stumps; cut, remove, and properly discard  excess vegetation and weeds around lagoons, ponds and similar habitats, so that a shaded canopy of vegetation is not allowed to provide an ideal environment for the development of the mosquito.
  • Clean out debris, broken tree limbs, and objects that impede the normal stream flow so polluted pockets of water do not remain.
  • Stack pails, barrels, tubs, vases, wheelbarrows, and similar containers upside down so water does not accumulate in them.
  • Fill or drain any low places where water may stand for more than a week.
  • Inspect and clean rain gutters and downspout’s if leaves and other debris block them.
  • Collect and properly discard all useless artificial containers and old tires.
  • Place tight covers over rain barrels, cisterns, septic tanks, and other containers that hold water.
  • Change the water in birdbaths and wading pools once a week.
  • Check flower pots for mosquito larvae.
  • Properly maintain backyard swimming pools to discourage the development of mosquitoes by draining and covering any pool not in use.